San Diego Repertory Theatre’s JFEST (Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival)
The San Diego Repertory Theatre’s JFEST (Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival) 2020 celebrated 27 years of performances exploring Jewish history, people and ideas in virtuoso music, theatre, dance, and fine arts. Each year JFEST includes new programs and collaborations which start in the Festival and are then subsequently performed in venues throughout San Diego and the country. JFEST partners with arts, Jewish, and social organizations to presents events in theatres, libraries, and schools throughout San Diego and North County. In 2020, virtual events included the Klezmer Summit, new work by Hershey Felder, Women of Valor, and a music and theatre piece based on Yale Strom’s A Wandering Feast. A virtual summer music series featured virtual performances by musicians from multiple genres and regions of the world.
Founding Artistic Director Todd Salovey notes, “There is so much need now for artistic performances that create community, that bring people together to explore, feel, learn, mourn, and celebrate. I’m so excited that we will begin presenting programs online.”
“In these uncertain times, it is important, now more than ever, to cultivate and sustain a dynamic artistic Jewish future,” said Festival Associate Producer Ali Viterbi. “This year’s line-up for the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival allows us to be together (even virtually) in community, and reflect on the diversity and vibrancy of the contemporary Jewish identity, and our relationships to ourselves and each other.”